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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the Matrix Method and Matrix Indexing System for reviewing and tracking scientific literature. The first edition was published seven years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide tools for researching and synthesizing the scientific literature. This is indeed a useful goal since clinicians in healthcare rely on the scientific literature to make healthcare decisions. This book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The target audience is primarily health science graduate students. However, the author notes that all clinicians in the healthcare field can benefit from this book.
Features: It describes the processes of conducting a literature review and synthesizing the literature. Part I deals with the fundamentals of a literature review. Part II describes in detail how to search the literature and the Matrix Method of synthesizing the literature. Part II discusses how the Matrix Method can be applied. To demonstrate application of chapter content, each chapter concludes with "Caroline's Quest." Useful resources for literature reviews are provided in an appendix.
Assessment: This book and the Matrix Method should be a valuable reference for the target audience and anyone conducting a review of the literature. With the wealth of information available, one needs to be able to keep track of the information in an orderly fashion. The Matrix Method seems to fit that need.